Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar

Countdown to Christmas Advent Calendar

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 7th 2015

Box up holiday excitement with a unique Advent calendar made with Americana Decor® Chalky Finish.


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • sandpaper
    • scissors
    • pencil
    • 3/4" flat brush
    • hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • clean cloth
    • assorted scrapbook paper
    • magnetic buttons
    • wooden frame
    • matching ribbon
    • embellishments of choice
    • papier mâché box
    • magnetic board
    • wooden shapes



    Let dry completely between painting steps.

    1. Using a 3/4" flat brush to paint a 16" x 20" frame in Rouge. Let dry. Once dry, use sandpaper to distress the edges of the frame. Wipe off any sanding dust with a damp paper towel.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Apply a coat of Americana Decor Clear Crème Wax to entire the frame. Let dry. Apply a coat of Americana Decor Deep Brown Crème Wax to the frame with the Waxing & Finishing Brush. If desired, buff with a clean cloth.
    4. Fit a magnetic chalkboard into the back of the wooden frame. Secure with the staples that are already around the edge of the frame.
    5. Sort out all of the boxes. Place them on the magnetic board into a desired arrangement.
    6. Instruction #4
    7. Randomly paint some of the boxes and lids in Black Tie and some boxes and lids in Red Barn with a 3/4" flat brush.
    8. Choose several of the lids from the boxes and place them down on the wrong sides of holiday scrapbook paper of your choice. Trace around them with a pencil, then cut them out using scissors. Brush the lid tops with Americana Matte Decou-Page. Attach the holiday paper to the lid and smooth out, starting from the center and working outward. Apply another coat of Decou-Page onto the box lid to seal.
    9. With the rest of the boxes that are already patterned, add additional embellishments of your choice.
    10. Instruction #7
    11. Using a hot glue gun, attach bingo numbers from 1 to 25 to the boxes.
    12. Instruction #8
    13. Turn the boxes over. Use hot glue to attach one or two magnetic buttons to the bottom of each box. When the glue has cooled, turn the boxes back over. Create a bow from wired ribbon of choice and hot glue onto the frame.